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Empowerhouse: New Model for Green, Affordable Housing, Now Open - Dexigner

Empowerhouse: New Model for Green, Affordable Housing, Now Open - Dexigner | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DexignerEmpowerhouse: New Model for Green, Affordable Housing, Now OpenDexignerEach unit of the two-family house is designed as a "site net-zero" system (producing all of its energy needs), but each achieves peak efficiency when joined.

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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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Delhi's children have the weakest lungs, reveals new survey

Delhi's children have the weakest lungs, reveals new survey | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Capital is home to the highest proportion of children with weak lungs in the country with over 40% students between eight and 14 affected by Delhi’s dirty air, a recent survey of over 2,000 youngsters across four cities revealed on Monday.
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PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease

PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate change is increasing not only the range in which Lyme disease-carrying ticks can survive -- ticks are moving into warming Canada and other northern locations -- but the amount of time in which ticks can feed, according to a recent study published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
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US chemical used to kill coca plant in Colombia may cause cancer

US chemical used to kill coca plant in Colombia may cause cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The coca plant may be getting a break in Colombia's war against drugs. That's because the herbicide Colombia uses to kill the plants off with might be more deadly than the drug itself. As CCTV's Mi...
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Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites

Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
White foam in northeastern Pennsylvania water wells likely was caused by Marcellus Shale gas well sites that have already been blamed for causing natural gas to infiltrate residential water supplies, a paper published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported on Monday. Environmental consultant Garth Llewellyn and biochemistry and geosciences researchers with Penn State University used a novel method to identify low levels of organic compounds that they said likely explain foaming from three water wells in Bradford County between 2010 and 2012. Test results from commercial laboratories during investigations at the sites had not picked up on what was causing the foaming — they reported no unsafe levels of compounds other than natural gas in the water, while
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How fjords are helping curb global warming

How fjords are helping curb global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From Alaska to Norway, fjords play an important role in sequestering carbon, new research finds.
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Foot-powered washing machine lets you clean your clothes off grid

Foot-powered washing machine lets you clean your clothes off grid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The small device is perfect for tiny homes or those wanting a convenient, yet electricity-free option.
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This $10K air-powered vehicle could be the tiny car to go with your tiny house

This $10K air-powered vehicle could be the tiny car to go with your tiny house | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Zero Pollution Motors, the U.S. licensee for MDI, developer of the tiny compressed air car AIRPod, just picked up a $5 million investment on Shark Tank.
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How Much Would Zero Emissions Cost?

How Much Would Zero Emissions Cost? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the Paris climate conference approaches, nations are attempting to enact more and more ambitious emissions goals, but how much would going zero really cost?
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L.A. sues Wells Fargo, alleging 'unlawful and fraudulent conduct'

L.A. sues Wells Fargo, alleging 'unlawful and fraudulent conduct' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rigid sales quotas at Wells Fargo Bank have driven employees to open unauthorized accounts for customers, sticking them with bogus fees and damaging their credit, according to a city of Los Angeles lawsuit that echoes a Times investigation .
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It's here! Final video in Afterburn series: What would a more resilient society look like?

It's here! Final video in Afterburn series: What would a more resilient society look like? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
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A manifesto for a more sustainable world | John Sauven

A manifesto for a more sustainable world | John Sauven | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
John Sauven: We can do more than just endure or adapt to climate change, we can tackle it and create a better, more just society in the process

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Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy?

Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Elon Musk says ‘this is within the power of humanity to do so’ as he unveils new batteries in effort to change the way the world consumes energy

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African Diet May Lead Away From Colon Cancer

African Diet May Lead Away From Colon Cancer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
To study the effects, researchers asked African-American and South African volunteers to swap diets for two weeks. Guess who benefited.
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How pollen may make clouds sneeze: Study shows how pollen seeds clouds and may change the weather.

How pollen may make clouds sneeze:  Study shows how pollen seeds clouds and may change the weather. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Those pollen grains in the air that make you miserable may have a surprising side effect: heavier rain. A new study says bits of pollen lofted into the atmosphere by springtime winds make their way into clouds, seed them and may even intensify downpours.

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The Charleston Gazette | DEP blasts Freedom cleanup proposal

West Virginia regulators on Monday harshly criticized a new liquidation plansubmitted by Freedom Industries, saying the proposal wrongly seeks to funnel more than $2.5 million to bankruptcy lawyers and other professionals instead of spending it to adequately clean up the site of the January 2014 chemical leak.

 

In filing a formal objection to the plan, lawyers for the state Department of Environmental Protection asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson to order $1 million to be spent to “immediately remediate” the Freedom Etowah Terminal along the Elk River, just upstream from a West Virginia American Water drinking water intake that serves 300,000 people in Charleston and the surrounding region.

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Family: Del. teens still critical 6 weeks after resort poisoning at island resort

Two Delaware teenagers sickened by a banned pesticide that was sprayed at the Caribbean resort where they were staying are still in critical condition more than six weeks later, their family said Monday.
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Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
JORHAT, India (Reuters) - Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in Assam.Do you think 3,000 rupees are enough when your monthly expenses
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E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds

E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The carbon emissions standards, proposed last year for the nation’s coal-fired power plants, could prevent more than 3,000 premature deaths per year, according to a new study.
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Quotes of the day on fusion reactors, From Bill McDonough to Elon Musk

Quotes of the day on fusion reactors, From Bill McDonough to Elon Musk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We have all the fusion power we need, right now.
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Introducing Monarch Tiny Homes - Tiny House Blog

Introducing Monarch Tiny Homes - Tiny House Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Monarch Tiny Homes is one of many companies to pop up onto the tiny house scene.
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Superadobe/Earthbag Orphanage Withstands Nepal Earthquake

Superadobe/Earthbag Orphanage Withstands Nepal Earthquake | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Cal-Earth Low-cost Sustainable Earthen Housing Solutions Proved Effective and Safe in Earthquakes


Hesperia, Calif., May 5, 2015 -- Cal-Earth Institute today announced they received confirmation that the Superadobe/Earthbag orphanage project built for the Pegasus Children’s Project in the northern Khathmandu valley in Nepal survived the 7.6 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015, and the structures are all still standing.

The Superadobe (sandbags/barbed wire) building system developed at Cal-Earth (U.S. Patent #5,934,027) integrates traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety requirements, and passes severe earthquake code tests in California. The technology has been published by NASA, endorsed by the United Nations, featured in countless world media outlets, and awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004.

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Environmental and health impacts of a policy to phase out nuclear power in Sweden

Environmental and health impacts of a policy to phase out nuclear power in Sweden | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With Dr Staffan Qvist from Uppsala University, I've just had published a new open access paper in the peer-reviewed journal Energy Policy. It examines the ramifications of the announced policy by t...
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Solar energy to power Japan’s future | Hydrogen Fuel News

Solar energy to power Japan’s future | Hydrogen Fuel News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Solar power could eventually replace fossil fuels and uranium in Japan.It is no secret that Japan is looking for alternative energy sources to replace traditional and less environmentally friendly sources of power like uranium and fossil fuels, but it appears that solar energy is the country’s preferred source of renewable power.One by one, oil-fired plants that once fueled the country’s economy are being shut down.

After the Fukushima disaster, support for nuclear power as an energy source declined. As many as 43 nuclear power plants have had to be shut down following the disaster at the nuclear power plant that occurred after the devastating 2011 tsunami. Since then, solar power has been viewed as a viable substitute.

 


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Yale Environment 360: One in Six Species Facing Extinction in Current Climate Trajectory

Yale Environment 360: One in Six Species Facing Extinction in Current Climate Trajectory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Future increases in global temperatures will threaten up to one in six species if current climate policies are not modified, according to new research published in the journal Science. Global extinction rates are currently at 2.8 percent, the study notes. If global average temperature rises by only 2 degrees C — a benchmark that many scientists think is no longer attainable — the extinction rate will rise to 5.2 percent, the study found. If the planet warms by 3 degrees C, the extinction risk rises to 8.5 percent. And if the current, business-as-usual trajectory continues, climate change will threaten one in six species, or 16 percent, the study says. The risk of species loss is most acute for areas that have unique climate ranges — particularly South America, Australia, and New Zealand — yet those regions are the least studied, the author notes.


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Climate Change and the Catholic Church

Climate Change and the Catholic Church | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pope Francis is calling on the world to take action against global warming, and many conservatives in the United States are up in arms. But, as the climate debate unfolds this year, most of humanity will find Francis’s message compelling: we need both science and morality to reduce the risk to our planet.

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